Three Tips For An Insanely Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie

January 5, 2012   27 Comments

Snack Girl has been refining her chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is a tough job - but I am willing to make the sacrifice.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie

You see, last year I posted my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to rave reviews see: chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Today, it is 8 degrees outside and I began thinking again about cookies. Are they healthy? Nooooo. Are they meant to be healthy? Nooooo.

I follow a very strict rule about cookies which is that I don't eat them unless I bake them myself. I spoke to a baker who told me that the best cookies are the ones that are fresh out of the oven - and it is true!

How many of you have eaten cookies that taste like cardboard? Yep, I knew it - you just see a cookie and you eat it. I have been known to have this problem :)

Cookies are treats and a real TREAT should be awesome (not stale).

So, how do you get an insanely delicious cookie?

  1. Use whole wheat flour. Yes, it will give them a nutty flavor and a bit of nutrition!
  2. Use high quality bittersweet chocolate chips. I found Ghiradelli in my local grocery store and they are special (and worth it).
  3. Eat them right after they are cool enough to eat.

The bittersweet chocolate chips give the cookies a more adult flavor.

When I was a kid, we only could buy Nestle brand chocolate chips. Have you looked at the baking aisle lately? There are so many chocolate choices! Go with one that costs a little more and gives you a quality chocolate experience.

If you really need a cookie, bake your own. Not only do you get the satisfaction of producing something, but your house will smell really good. And, you can give some away to your neighbors, friends, or relatives.

This recipe only calls for 20 cookies - which is probably still too many for me to have around the house. oh well.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 20 cookies
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. If you have an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and egg. If you don't, just soften butter in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds (make sure it doesn't melt) and beat with a fork.

Add the dry ingredients, stir in by hand and then stir in the chips. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before eating.

For one cookie - 111 calories, 6.5 g fat, 13.2 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 0.7 g fiber, 83 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I have been mixing them by hand for the past few years, got the tip from a friend, using a slotted wooden spoon......and I have made them with Quinoa flour as well as mesquite flour mixed into regular wheat flour and I love the nutty addition I always add walnuts to the cookies, sometimes use natural brown sugar and prefer the dough raw to the baked cookie!!!

Thanks for the reminder, I keep promising to make chocolate chip cookies with my son!!!

I like to replace some of the flour with quick oats - I love the taste and texture! Plus I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the mix. Not enough to over-power the cookies, but just enough to make them smell good and add a little boost to the chocolate.

You can also use honey in place of white sugar. Use half the amount of honey as the sugar calls for.

I always use half whole wheat flour in my cookies. I also now use half oil and half butter. No one notices the difference.

You are right about Ghiradelli chips. We discovered them this year and they are awesome. I would disagree with eating them as soon as they are cool...I can never wait that long!

Haven't tried them yet, but sound really good. I really appreciate your listing of the Points Plus value. thanks for all your work. I sent this recipe to my Facebook friends.

I'm sure they are yummy. Wish you lived next door and I'd run over for 1. BTW a bit of oatmeal will help them not cook so flat!

This sounds great! Since I am busy and on the go I like to use Among Friends baking mixes found online and at whole foods! They use flax, and whole wheat flour, so yummy and so good for you!


I've gotta ask you, snack girl? Where do you find the time to look up all of this info. and blog everyday? Do you ever wake up and just want a break and ask youself, "what did I get myself into"? Well, we all appreciate you, if that makes it any better.

@Susan - I do this for a living believe it or not. This is my small business and some day it will pay all of my bills (that would not be today :) But, yes, I do wonder if I can keep coming up with ideas that people want to hear about and not just get exhausted. I appreciate you too!

I canNOT think about cookies this soon after the Christmas binge!!! I'll save these tips for when I'm ready to bake and eat some really awesome cookies :-)

I agree with you 100%! If I am going to eat a treat, it better be the best I can find (or make!)

I stopped buying Nestles chips recently when I found the Whole Foods brand. They are so much better!

I also make a whole batch, scoop them onto a tray, and then freeze them. That way, when I want a few cookies hot out of the oven, I pull 6 out of the freezer and bake. Just enough for my family's treat and none hanging around to tempt me later.

Freezing cookie dough is somthing I was thinking about. I wonder if Barb thaws the pre-portioned cookie dough before baking ...

snack girl, I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents here..... I noticed that your cookies looked a little flat. I once worked for Mrs. Fields cookies and they taught me that you just barely mix the ingredients together (they had a set number of turns for the mixer to take!) and they will come out more puffy and not flat. Love your blog!

I love cc cookies to much to even try this yet , but when I reach my weight goal I am going to give them a try. I can never eat just one so for now I will save my points. Made me droll just looking at the picture LOL

Could you use splenda blend instead of sugar?

I bought it on sale very cheap at Kroger.

@Lydia - give it a try! Tell me how they come out. Thanks!

a bit of oatmeal will plump up your cookies. Plus a warning- most chocolate chips are not vegan. Whole foods does carry vegan chocolate chips and I've heard the Sam's brand are vegan but Nestles are not.

I have a recipe for Oatmeal-Peanut butter cookies, they are just wonderful. My husband loves oatmeal and peanut butter so I mixed them together. If I send my recipe, could you figure out the points-plus? Thank you.

@J. Robbins - I use to analyze recipes - then you can plug it into your PointsPlus calculator. I hope this helps!

I add few extra ingredients like walnut, almond, and oats after putting them into a food processor for few seconds. Sometimes, I add sesame seeds,too. My husband loves it. They give more nutty flavor.

I love your philosophy of only eating cookies you bake yourself. I have stretched mine to include freshly baked homemade cookies baked by family and friends too :-)

Life is too short to fill up on tasteless cookies, or indulge in the over-the-top platter-sized cookies so popular in bakeries and coffee shops these days!

I love your websight and it really makes me stop and think what I'm putting in my mouth.The recepies are wonderful and I can hardly wait to see whats new everyday.Keep up the amazing work and Thank You. Liz..........

How much is a stick of butter.

Thanks a lot for this recipe! It is so easy and I am sure very tasty. I think I could decorate this cooking for the Christmas to come.

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